State Rep. Frank to Deliver MSU Commencement Address

State Representative James Frank will deliver the commencement address at MSU's graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 17 at Kay Yeager Coliseum. Approximately 490 students are candidates to earn their degrees this December.

Frank ran unopposed Nov. 8 for his third term in the Texas House of Representatives. He serves as the vice-chair of the Defense & Veterans' Affairs Committee and on the Natural Resources Committee. He took office in the Texas House in 2013 and represents District 69, which consists of Archer, Baylor, Clay, Foard, Knox, and Wichita counties.

Frank grew up in Wichita Falls and graduated from Rider High School. He earned a degree in finance from Texas A&M University and began an 11-year career in banking in Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. Frank now owns Sharp Iron Group and Transland.

Frank has served as president of the board of Straight Street, an organization that provides a positive environment for at-risk youth, and Home Educators Around Texoma. He also has served as the vice chairman of the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce and Industry and on the advisory board of the Lalani Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise at Midwestern State University and was involved in originating the i.d.e.a. WF business plan competition. He serves on the board of the now locally owned MagicAire and is involved with Texoma Angels, a group providing financing to entrepreneurs in the area.